Home improvements a New Year's target for Saffron Walden Town chairman

PUBLISHED: 10:44 07 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:44 07 January 2016

Chairman Martin Johnson

Chairman Martin Johnson

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At the halfway stage of their first Thurlow Nunn Premier Division campaign in three decades, chairman Martin Johnson has been encouraged by Saffron Walden Town's reaction to their disastrous start but hopes their home form improves sooner rather than later.

The Bloods lost their opening five league games of the season in a baptism of fire following promotion from Division One.

However, they eventually stopped the rot with a thumping 3-0 win at Long Melford and, just under four months later, they sit 17th but are hot on the trail of the teams directly above them leaving Johnson pleased with their progress.

Johnson told the Reporter: “We expected it would be a challenging season as we are coming up against good sides every week, most of which are experienced at this level.

“This season’s aim has always been to consolidate, and I think we are on the way to doing that.

“If we can pick up some wins in January we hope that will be enough to pull us clear of the relegation zone.”

A resurgence up the league heavily depends on if Walden can turn around their awful home record, delivering just one point and three goals from their seven games at Catons Lane.

“We need to start winning at home, starting against Fakenham Town on January 16.

“Despite our home form we are still getting terrific backing and the fans deserve to see more goals and home wins. I say to our fans, keep up the great support and we will get there.”

Johnson’s highlight of the first half of the season came in their 2-1 triumph over Newmarket Town last month with his pick for player of the season so far, James Thomas, bagging a double.

He said: “James has certainly caught the eye in the last couple of months, and has been instrumental for us. His goals will be vital for the rest of the season.”

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